Plant Care Red Pagoda

Red Pagoda

Reviewed by: Kiersten Rankel | Last Updated: 06/02/2024

4.2 out of 5 (15 experiences)

Red Pagoda has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Red Pagoda has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Red Pagoda

Plants in the Crassula genus are amazingly diverse and come in an incredible assortment of sizes and colors. Many of the ones we grow today are native to a small region in South Africa, which makes that diversity even more amazing! They're super low maintenance plants that can handle long periods of drought, so great if you're prone to skipping waters (we won't tell). 🫢 Make sure they get plenty of sunlight and that they're planted in a pot with a drainage hole and they'll be happy as can be!


Crassula capitella

Also known as

Crassula Campfire, Campfire Plant, Red Flames, Pagoda Village and Red Origami

How to care for Red Pagoda

💦 Water

How often to water your Red Pagoda

Water needs for Red Pagoda
0.5 cups
every 12

Red Pagoda needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Red Pagoda

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Red Pagoda in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Red Pagoda: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Red Pagoda love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Red Pagoda does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Red Pagoda in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Red Pagoda

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Red Pagoda: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Red Pagoda after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Red Pagoda is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Common Red Pagoda Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Red Pagoda thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Red Pagoda Water Frequency →

Red Pagoda Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Red Pagoda requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Red Pagoda Light Requirements →

Red Pagoda Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Red Pagoda is extremely dangerous if consumed. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian immediately. Red Pagoda is not recommended for homes with children, cats, or dogs.

💨 Humidity

Red Pagoda enjoys lots of humidity. Provide humidity for your plant by watering regularly and thoroughly, since plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves. They may also benefit from being placed next to a humidifier.

Red Pagoda Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Red Pagoda is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Red Pagoda →

When and How to Successfully Repot Red Pagoda →

💩 Fertilizer

Red Pagoda grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Red Pagoda →

❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Red Pagoda to go dormant in the summertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.

🌎 Native Region

Red Pagoda is native to South Africa.

🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Red Pagoda bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

Red Pagoda Flowers →

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Red Pagoda grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Red Pagoda →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Red Pagoda can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Red Pagoda Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Red Pagoda can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

How to Propagate Red Pagoda →

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

😖 Common Issues

Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Red Pagoda. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.

Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

Care Summary for Red Pagoda

Red Pagoda

Red Pagoda

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Red Pagoda has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 10
Red Pagoda has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 6
Red Pagoda has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 5
Red Pagoda has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 3
Red Pagoda has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
@MeganO avatar
leaf-1 41 Plants
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globe Washington, DC

Succulent so super easy. Draining soil and lots of light to make it happy.

Survivor Survivor
@honeyyvoiced avatar
leaf-1 24 Plants
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globe Mount Prospect, IL

Extremely beautiful but also very topsy turvy. Can get quite too heavy and brown easily

Browns easily Browns easily
@KikiGoldblatt avatar
leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 125,406 XP
globe Oliver Springs, TN

I raised these from cuttings and they seem to have survived so far.

Survivor Survivor
@KikiGoldblatt avatar
leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 125,406 XP
globe Oliver Springs, TN

I grew these from cuttings, it took about 6 weeks for her to grow her own roots so I could pot her. She seems to grow at somewhat a slow rate.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Deanna avatar
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 429 XP
globe Kansas City, MO

Leave him alone

Becca avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 41 XP
globe Greensburg, KY

It’s very pretty and tougher

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@Maria avatar
leaf-1 74 Plants
xp 5,697 XP
globe Highland, CA

Picked up this twig off the ground and now it’s just growing nonstop. Kinda regret propagating all the leaves that fell, it really grows too easily. Almost like an unwanted weed.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor

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